More than 96 million or 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes, with more
than 80% of individuals not knowing they have it (Source).
Despite being a precursor to type 2 diabetes, about 9 in 10 cases can
be avoided by making lifestyle changes (Source).
For Shelby, the lifestyle changes started small and eventually grew
“For me, change started with setting realistic expectations,” she
shared. “The gym just isn’t my thing, so I would do other things to
increase my physical activity like going on a longer walk or taking
the stairs versus the elevator to get in more steps.”
Outside of regular exercise and eating healthy, the prevention of
type 2 diabetes goes beyond an individual’s behavior. Social
determinants of health (SDOH) also play a role, and directly impact a
person’s health, well-being, and quality of life. SDOH are the
conditions in the environment where people are born, live, work, etc.
that influence a wide range of health functioning and quality of life
One of the top priority areas identified by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services is healthcare access and quality as many
people in the United States don’t seek out healthcare services (Source).
“My dad hardly ever went to the doctor, which may have helped us to
diagnose him sooner,” she shares. “That’s why I’ve been doing a little
bit each day to keep myself on the right path to prevention, such as
attending all preventative screenings.”
Inspired by her loved ones and recognizing the opportunity she has,
Shelby reinforces her commitment to taking small steps each day toward prevention.
“The thing about type 2 is we all have a chance to prevent it,” she
said. “So, what steps will you take?”